Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Coral Reef Restoration Science – Australia Visa sponsorship may be available.

  • St Lucia QLD
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • $77,324.85- $102,945.12 AUD / Year

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  • ­School of the Environment
  • Join a collaborative team focused on designing impactful coral reef interventions in Palau and the Philippines.
  • Join a university ranked in the world’s top 50
  • Based at our vibrant and picturesque St Lucia Campus, with potential field travel to Palau and possibly the Philippines.

About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. UQ has made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.

As part of our commitment to excellence in research and professional practice in academic contexts, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world-class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and other forms of staff support and development.

About This Opportunity 

An exciting post-doctoral research position is available to join a collaborative group of researchers designing impactful coral reef interventions in Palau (Micronesia) and the Philippines, with a view to sharing outcomes globally. The team partners reef ecologists at UQ with researchers at the University of the Philippines, the Palau International Coral Reef Center, and the University of Newcastle (UK). Specifically, we are developing intervention strategies, including restoration, that help coral reefs adapt to climate change and in a range of ecological environments.

The position is based at UQ but will involve field travel to Palau and potentially the Philippines. Specific activities include both field studies to measure key ecological processes as well as the use of an existing ecological model to simulate alternative management strategies. The project will have practical benefits for reef restoration but also contribute to a broader theoretical agenda on how to construct complementary management approaches to maximise the future trajectory of corals.

Key responsibilities will include:


  • Participating in field studies of coral reef ecological processes
  • Running and extending the parameterisation of our ecological model, Reefmod
  • Analysing data and writing papers
  • Collaborating with project researchers
  • Assisting with project reporting
  • Communication of project results

Supervision and Researcher Development

  • Contribute to the effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students (as appropriate).
  • Demonstrates personal effectiveness in supervision and the management of researcher development.
  • Working to promptly resolve conflict and grievances when they arise in accordance with University policy and procedures.

This is a research focused position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ’s Criteria for Academic Performance.

This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position until April 2026 at Academic level A. The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range of $77,324.85- $102,945.12, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $90,470.08 – $120,445.79 annually. As these roles are covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases in line with the Enterprise Agreement.

The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad:  from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

About You  

  • Completion or near completion of a PhD in marine science, ideally from coral reefs
  • Demonstrated quantitative skills that include the use of coding to manipulate and analyse data
  • Strong computing skills that ideally include matlab and/or R.
  • Use of statistical models.
  • Excellent written and statistical skills
  • A familiarity with marine conservation and coral reefs would be an advantage but is not mandatory

In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship may be available.

Want to Apply?

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter addressing the About You section

Other Information

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

Applications close Monday 27 May 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-37550).

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